18 results for 'racism'
I’m back in Johannesburg for an extended African stay, after an absence of over 35 years. There's no immigration paperwork, and I'm simply issued a visa at the airport. From Perth it's been an 11hr flight, across the Indian Ocean, skirting Mauritius and Mozambique.
The city is waking to another sky of azure blue, the signature of a high veldt winter. But there are looming clouds: the uncertain health of the elder statesman Nelson Mandela, a remarkable man having once inspired a young Barack Obama to urge his college board of trustees to divest South African investments as a protest against... (more)
MUST IT ALWAYS BE ABOUT RACE?
It's a pity that Americans will always be as diversely affected, torn by the issue and judgmentally complicated on the subject of race. The terminology "racism" always seems to sprout sharp thorns and ruptured thistles of criticism flaring in the air typically like pollen takes to flight on its merry way to un-chartered grounds. *Most odd and bizarre indeed, to live in a racially based country that was established from the barn fires of Negro barbecues, overlooking the burning crosses of bigotry that was displayed on green lawns in front of wooden shacks... (more)
Racism is an ugly and repulsive belief that millions of people around the world still believe in this poisonous mentality. Therefore, it is always good to hear of stories of people who took a stand against racism despite what people thought of them. Today’s story is about two professional baseball players. One that had to face the evils of racism everywhere he went…and another who decided to show people how he felt about racism and be a friend to his teammate.
Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball. Breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering... (more)
Madison County, Idaho is a frozen wilderness, pounded already this year by an 8" snow storm before Halloween. Madison also ranks among the most conservative, and Mormon, counties in the United States. Google no longer catalogues the 2008 story of a disturbing bus ride in Madison School District, but I am alive to attest the truth of it. After Obama won the first election, children on an elementary school bus chanted the words that surely came from the mouths of their parents: "Assassinate Obama." The story was a brief national scandal. Madison County, a cold place indeed.
It was Hannah Arendt who coined the phrase ‘the banality of evil’ in reference Adolf Eichmann, a cog in the machine of the Holocaust. It’s rather a pity in a way because it really should have been invented specifically to describe Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer who killed seventy-seven people in a hate-filled rampage last July
Hate-filled; is that right? Actually I’m not quite sure, not quite sure that this man is capable of any authentic emotion, not quite sure if he is able to understand anything beyond his own shallow and narcissistic fantasies. He was sentenced... (more)
Look at this picture. Can you guess who or what it is? No? Well I’ll tell you – it’s the new face of Greek democracy! His name is George Germenis, a black metal rocker, although he uses the stage name ‘Kaiadas’, after the chasm where Spartans threw deformed babies.
Germenis or Kaiadas – whose next album, incidentally, is called Long Live Death – was thrown into another chasm - the Greek parliament. He is there along with another twenty members of Golden Dawn, an extreme nationalist movement entering the assembly for the first time ever. It won seven percent of the poll in the election... (more)
Barack Obama is a man who can tell right from wrong and black from white. He is a man who can pass comment on one killing while remaining silent on another. He is a man who can weigh life against life, judging some to be more equal than others.
Responding to the controversial killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, he said that if he had a son he’d look like Trayvon. Clearly what he would not look like is either James Cooper or James Kouzaris, two white British tourists shot dead in Sarasota in April of last year. They were killed as the begged for their lives... (more)
Earlier this month the African National Congress, the ANC, celebrated the hundredth anniversary of its foundation. This is the party of Nelson Mandela, terrorist come secular saint, that rules South Africa, the wonderful ‘rainbow nation’…or a sad cesspit of corruption.
The latter is certainly the view of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the country’s other secular saint, who once observed that the ANC had stopped the gravy train only long enough to get on board. Actually he may have underestimated the problem, at least according to the writer Zakes Mda, who has said that the new South Africa... (more)
since you are unaware of your expiration date
why not live it up till the end of your fate?
with each and every breath you take
your heart beats, your heart breaks
you think of change
a generation divided
peace and war talks will always be one sided
flip a coin
rejoin with your race
sharing this earth
never seemed to be any worth
i suppose our time has a great deal to learn
for all of this peace we always yearn
but before you think its all gone to hell,
try and educate, all will be well
...for the emotions and it’s right on target, inducing tears and laughs by turns. I cried, I laughed; it hit my target.
I saw it and I understood it as a perspective movie (hold that in mind; it has an important bearing on what I intend to say later), looking at a particular issue, the racism of the unregenerate South, from a particular set of social and interpersonal relations: that between black maids and their white mistresses.
To my mind the characters recreated some memorable figures from the storehouse of American culture. Minny, for me, was a more contemporary version... (more)
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